BENEFITING: FRIENDS OF THE ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES
"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan -- to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."
President Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1865.
My name is Lisa and I am an educator of Hebrew language and Middle East history. I am the grandchild of Auschwitz survivors and my mother was born in a Displaced Persons camp in Munich, Germany where they struggled for years before accumulating the funds to make the journey by ship to Ellis Island. My academic and personal ventures have led me around the world where I have studied the languages and cultures of Arab, European and Hispanic peoples and I have seen first hand that we can never take this tiny sliver of land for granted no matter where we live in the diaspora.
My name is Katie and after graduating from a Los Angeles based Jewish high school which was home to a robust Israel exchange program, I opted to serve for four years in the Israeli Defense Force as a “Lone Soldier” and was stationed in a front line K-9 bomb detection unit. Upon the completion of my military service, I was able to pursue my Bachelor’s Degree in Government Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya with the help of a grant for lone soldiers to attend university in Israel.
“Atem Lo Levad”, or “You are not Alone” was founded in order to bring together global diaspora communities-both at the community and at the individual level-through crowd source based fundraising in support of the men and women of the IDF and their families. Specifically, we support two distinct initiatives with equal emphasis within the umbrella of charitable giving to the Israeli Defense Forces. The first initiative to receive funding sourced through Atem Lo Levad is the Lone Soldier Center. Israel’s lone soldiers are those whose families live abroad and chose to leave their respective countries of origin to serve the State of Israel. Many of Israel’s 2,800 lone soldiers come from the United States and approximately 40% of these soldiers serve in combat units. Upon completing their military service, lone soldiers in Israel are oftan confronted with a myriad of complexities such as acquiring housing, navegating the higher education system's application and matriculation process, opening up bank accounts and coping with a range of mental health issues such as post tramautic stress syndrome and isolation. Our goal is to provide these lone soldiers with substantial monetary, material and emotional support to increase the probability that these soldiers will choose to stay in Israel permanently.
When an Israeli soldier dies in defense of the country, the bereaved family members left behind need tangible support to help them commemorate holidays, life-cycle events, and to cope with financial hardship. For this reason, monies raised by Atem Lo Levad are allocated to the Friends of the Israeli Defense Force’s Legacy Program which provides tangible support to the families of fallen soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrefice for the security of Israel.
We believe that there is no such thing as a small contribution-from helping our funding efforts to raising awareness to our cause, every person has a role to play in showing our global solidarity and support for the valiant men and women of the Israeli Defense Force. They are not alone.
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All monetary donations are 100% tax deductible. Please print out your receipt from www.crowdrise.com for your tax records.
Thank you for your valuable support, and please direct any questions to:
Lisa Ansell, Hebrew Educator and Political Strategist
Katie Iulius, Former IDF Soldier